Storage

Understanding RAID Groups: Breaking Down RAID Performance

The acronym RAID stands for “Redundant Array of Independent Disks”. Typically, RAID is used for storing the same data in multiple places or on various hard drives. The purpose of RAID is to store high levels of data but to maintain as good of a performance as possible. Essentially, you increase storage reliability by arranging drives in groups and then…

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9 NetApp Terms You Need to Know

When it comes to NetApp technology, there are a lot of different terms floating around that you may or may not understand. So, we want to provide a brief overview of some of the essential NetApp terms you need to know. We hope that this will help you feel more educated and empowered to talk about NetApp technology. NetApp Terms…

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Mistakes That Could Be Hurting Your VNX Performance: Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our series about some mistakes that could be hurting your VNX’s performance. If you missed the first installment of the series, you can read up on it here: Part 1. The aim of this series is to help you understand some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to VNX systems, disk array enclosures…

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Mistakes That Could Be Hurting Your VNX: Part 1

What are the biggest mistakes you can make with a VNX? There are a ton of things that range from not checking performance benchmarks to leaving it sitting in your data center collecting dust. No matter your role in a storage environment, making sure all systems work at peak performance should be a top priority. Doing this means understanding the…

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Storage System Failure: The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (And How To Recover From It)

Your data is your business’ backbone. Without the structure of your finances, customer database, inventory and administrative information, your business is like a jellyfish floundering in the wide-open sea. Avoiding this catastrophe is a top priority. But what if you have committed to too little, too late in terms of backup, and your storage system does a belly flop into…

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Thin Provisioning vs Thick Provisioning: Which One is Best For You?

Enhance storage performance Choose the method of provisioning that's right for you and optimize your performance. No matter your role in a data center, enhancing storage performance is usually a top priority. This is especially true for enterprise applications that are accessed the most. One common practice when it comes to addressing performance and storage needs is provisioning. According to…

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3 Dos & Don’ts When it Comes to Using SSD in Your Data Center

At the risk of stating the obvious, flash storage is a pretty big deal in the data storage world. The introduction of solid state drives (SSD) has changed the way we manage and store data on our computers and in our enterprise storage environments. Data storage giants like EMC and NetApp have met the demands for flash storage with a…

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The 4 Qualities of a Superior Storage Admin

Succeeding in a career as a storage administrator is no simple task. You have to be highly technically minded, willing to put up with a pretty intense work schedule, and learn to thrive in a high-pressure environment. Having those traits is a tall order for anyone. But those who truly excel as storage admins bring a few other qualities to…

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The Top 4 Storage Blogs You Should be Reading Right Now

Keeping current with big trends in data storage is important whether you’re a CTO, sysadmin or logging hours at the help desk. And if your particular IT focus revolves around storage, staying in-the-know is a must if you’re planning to move up the corporate ladder. Here at Reliant, we stay storage-savvy by reading posts from the smartest engineers and analysts…

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4 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Storage Hardware

When you look at the lifecycle of the equipment within your data center, your timeframe for upgrading or refreshing your equipment may not match the manufacturer’s timetable. The manufacturer will create upgrade cycles based around when they release new products - not necessarily when your organization needs new equipment. For some businesses, this three-year product life cycle typical of the…

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3 Traits of Great Used Storage Hardware Vendors

Everybody has had experiences with both good companies and bad companies when you have bought something. When it comes to used storage hardware – such as storage upgrades for EMC or NetApp systems - these purchases you are making aren’t insignificant purchases. These purchases are important to your business’s performance and usually come at a significant price point. So, you…

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Get the Most out of Your Storage: Performance Benchmarks

According to a recent survey that was conducted by LoadDynamix, a full two thirds of people in storage related leadership positions at large enterprises do not understand storage performance benchmarks and the ways that they're positively or negatively affecting their own storage infrastructure. 65% of those who responded to the survey indicated that they only assess I/O use in an…

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Where Is the World’s Data Stored?

A 20-year study recently published in Science magazine says global data storage capacity is doubling every two to three years! And with 295 exabytes of storage capacity in 2007, the world’s data is calculated to reach 600 exabytes this year. So, where is all this data stored? If you live in Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, or San Antonio, you may be…

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Where Is the World's Data Stored?

A 20-year study recently published in Science magazine says global data storage capacity is doubling every two to three years! And with 295 exabytes of storage capacity in 2007, the world’s data is calculated to reach 600 exabytes this year. So, where is all this data stored? If you live in Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, or San Antonio, you may be…

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